Translation of speed in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 countable or uncountable (rate of movement, progress) what speed were you doing?what is its top speed?¿a qué velocidad ibas?they set off at top/high speed¿cuál es la velocidad máxima (que da)?at a speed of …salieron a toda/alta velocidadsalieron a todo lo que daif you carry on at this speed we'll never finisha una velocidad de …the car performs well at high speedsi sigues a este paso, no vamos a terminar nuncato pick up o gather speedel coche responde muy bien a altas velocidadesto lose speed the speed of light/sound to be up to speedcobrar or ganar or (especially Spain) coger velocidad(performing as expected)estar funcionando como se esperaba(be fully informed)to bring somebody up to speedestar al tantoponer a alguien al tantoExample sentences
Example sentences1.2 (relative quickness) the speed with which the matter was resolved
- Everyone began moving at their top speed out of the dungeon and through the halls.
- It's said that London traffic moves at an average speed of 11 mph, but pedestrian traffic can't be far behind.
- It does a reasonably good job of this, especially when you consider that there is a broad range of craft in the game, most of which differ in turn rates and top speeds.
the speed of the playersla rapidez con la que se resolvió el asuntola rapidez de los jugadoresExample sentences1.3 countable (in shorthand, typing)
- I just want to bring you up to speed.
- The speed with which the 76-year-old tycoon has moved has staggered most observers.
- Our results also suggest that clonal interference may not have a large effect on the speed of adaptation.
- The accident happened due to excessive speed, contributed to by the condition of the near side rear tyre.
- ‘The cause of this collision is due to excessive speed,’ PC Cox said.
- He said the ‘unfortunate’ accident was due to excessive speed and the torrential rain.
- 2 countable (Photography)film speed→ shutter speedsensibilidad (feminine) de la películaExample sentences
- This will provide an extra stop of exposure; remember to set it back to the correct speed once the fog or mist has burned off.
- Scott also plays with lenses, camera speed and some excellent special effects to heighten the impact of the harrowing fight scenes.
- As camera speeds became quicker, so the image was transformed.
- Films also vary according to their ISO number or film speed: their sensitivity to light.
- The days of having to carry bulk film around or switch between different film types and speeds is now a distant memory for those who have made the technology leap.
- He discusses camera types, lenses, focal length, flash, light, digital photographs, and film types and speeds.
- 3 countable (gear) a five-speed gearboxa ten-speed bicycleuna caja de cambios de cinco marchas or velocidades (feminine)una bicicleta con diez marchas or velocidadesExample sentences
- The car, named for the unique shape of its footboard, had a single cylinder four horse power engine, two forward speeds and a reverse gear.
- Even if linked to a typically American automatic gearbox of only four speeds, it has sprightly performance.
- The most nimble of all Jeeps, it comes with front and rear locking axles, giant tires, and extra low gear speeds.
- 4 uncountable (amphetamine) [slang]Example sentences
- Aimed at drug users and their families, the film centres on former drug addicts who were addicted to heroin cocaine, speed and ecstasy.
- Drugs such as speed and cocaine are often mixed together to make a lethal concoction that can destroy lives.
- Banning parties and blockading raves will not stop a movement, nor will it stop the use of ecstasy, cocaine, speed, heroin and pot for that matter.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle sped
- 1.1 (go, pass quickly) (+ adverb complement) the car sped off o away around the cornerhe sped by o past in his new sports carel coche se alejó doblando la esquina a toda velocidadthe boats sped over the waternos pasó a toda velocidad con su nuevo coche deportivothe hours sped bylos botes se deslizaban sobre el agua a toda velocidad1.2las horas pasaron volandoalso: past tense & past participle speeded(drive too fast)(car/motorist)he was fined for speedingir a exceso de velocidadlo multaron por exceso de velocidadExample sentences
- She practically speeded to Crystal's house, she had to vent her anger through someone.
- Gary jumped into the car and Louise threw herself in and they speeded across the town to the restaurant.
- They speeded out of Jake's neighborhood and on to the road that went into town.
- Inching along head-lamp deep, the traffic moves again, speeding up when we reach the dry roads of the South Coast.
- The heart rate speeds up in order to quickly provide the extra oxygen and nutrients your body will need.
- I called quickly in return, speeding up to follow him.
transitive verb past tense & past participle speeded
- 1.1 (hasten) to speed work/production alonghelicopters are being used to speed supplies to the areaacelerar el trabajo/la producción1.2están usando helicópteros para hacer llegar los suministros rápidamente a la zonaalso: past tense & past participle speededto speed somebody on his/her way1.3despedir a alguiendesearle feliz viaje a alguienalso: past tense & past participle sped(grant success) [archaic]God speedvaya (usted) con DiosExample sentences
- God speed you to your job in Brussels.
- Once again, sorry if I sped things up too quickly, but I can't change my desire to get this story finished.
- It speeds things up for suspects, can eliminate them more quickly if they are innocent, and means witnesses are not in close proximity to the suspects as they can be under the old system.
- For months, they have argued they wanted to speed it up, so this woman has this trial very quickly.
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (move faster)
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